Although I’m not at all interested in converting to any Protestant faith, or being anything other than a Catholic, I was thinking today about the many admirable and in some cases, heroic Protestants who I have read about over the years, who truly tried to live their faith and make the world a better place. It seems like many threads about Protestants are negative or quickly turn that way, so let’s make this a positive thread and list Protestants that we can all admire or learn from.
Please note, as Catholics have many admirable and heroic Catholic Saints of their own, this thread is NOT intended as a statement that Protestants are somehow more “Christian” than Catholics, or that Protestantism is “better”, etc. Let’s keep this a positive thread and not have such discussions/ arguments here. I just want to have a thread listing and talking about admirable Protestants who helped their fellow men or lived their faith in a very visible way.
Here are a few to start:
Corrie and Betsie Ten Boom and their family, described in “The Hiding Place”; the two middle-aged sisters and their elderly father risked their lives in order to hide Jewish people in their home and help them escape the Nazis. Eventually, all three of the Ten Booms ended up in a prison camp, and Corrie was the sole survivor.
Eric Liddell, the son of Protestant missionaries in China, who, at the height of his fame as an Olympic gold medalist, gave all of that up to continue his family’s mission work in China as a schoolteacher. He later ended up in a Japanese prison camp during WWII, where he tried to help the others in the camp, especially the teens and children who had no school and nothing to do in the camp.
Pat Boone and his wife, who turned to God at the height of Pat’s fame instead of succumbing to the temptations of the entertainment industry.
Rev. David Wilkerson, whose street ministry was described in “The Cross and the Switchblade”. He got a little “out there” with apocalypse prophecies near the end of his life, but I still think he did some good work at a time when not many ministers cared about working with teenagers or gangs.
If I think of some more I will post again. Feel free to add yours.